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November 21, 1953


JAMA. 1953;153(12):1100. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940290032010

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Elsewhere in this issue, Dr. Turkel, coroner of the city and county of San Francisco, has drawn certain interesting conclusions from a comparison of the statistical reports of the coroner's offices of several counties of California with those of the medical examiner's offices of several cities and states elsewhere in the United States. For several reasons he concludes that the work done in the coroner's office studied "surpasses in quality and amount that done in any other type of system on which statistics were available." One reason for this conclusion is that a higher percentage of autopsies was performed by the coroners than by the medical examiners. Another is that more specimens were referred for special laboratory examinations by the coroners than by the medical examiners. Still another is that as a result of such tests the coroners of San Francisco and Los Angeles discovered a higher incidence of death

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